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Friday, August 31, 2012

Shingle Vandals Nabbed

Four teenagers have been arrested in connection with an incident that caused thousands of dollars worth of damage to the Hampton Community Center.

Staff discovered upon arriving at the building that someone had ripped shingles off the roof of the building and discarded them into the swimming pool below.

The investigation led police to identify and arrest four suspects, two men from Hampton, one man from Titusville, and one man from Nauwigewauk. All four will appear in court later in the fall.

Truck Stolen In Hampton

The District 3 RCMP need your help finding a pickup truck stolen from a driveway in Hampton early this morning.

The truck was stolen from the driveway on Mapleton Crescent at about 4 a.m. It is a brown 2009 Toyota Tacoma, with licence plate number NCN 382.

Anyone with information is asked to call the RCMP at 506-832-5566. Information can also be provided anonymously through Crime Stoppers at or 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

School Supplies Needed

If your kids have enough school supplies, why not spend an extra dollar or two for needy children in the community?

The Community Food Basket is looking for donations of school supplies including looseleaf, crayons, duotangs, scribblers, and glue sticks.

According to volunteer Anne Wade they don't need any more pencils, but everything else would be appreciated at this time of year. She says they currently don't have a lot of the items families are coming in looking for.

Please drop off any donation at The Community Food Basket of Saint John located at 215 Charlotte Street. For more information call 652-2707 or after hours at 652-2707.

Events For Labour Day Weekend

Summer is winding down and it's time to celebrate the long Labour Day weekend...

In Saint John, you can head to Rockwood Park on Monday for the annual Labour Day festivities between 1 and 4pm. There will be a BBQ, live music, canoe tours, a magic show for the kids, plus wagon and pony rides.

A Bigger Paycheque For Daycare Workers

Daycare and early childhood education workers will soon be smiling on payday....the provincial government has brought back a $2.75/hour wage subsidy for people who work with kids, which is one of the lowest-paid professions.

 Education minister Jody Carr tells CHSJ News they plan has been to decrease the turnover rate, as well as bring wages in New Brunswick up to speed with the rest of Canada. He further says childcare worker wages are a pay equity issue, since the profession is mainly pursued by women.

The change is effective on September 1rst and will be paid retroactively to April 1, 2012. Over the next 3 years the government intends to spend $38-million on a bigger early childhood action plan called Putting Children First.

Celebration Of A Mother's Life Tomorrow

There will be a celebration of the life of Sarah MacDonald tomorrow at the Wallace Community Chapel in Sussex at 1:00. 

She's the 32 year old mother of three from Belle Isle Creek who was struck and killed by a car earlier this week while standing next to her car after her family's R-V ran out of gas by East Scotch Settlement Road. 

There's visitation this afternoon from 1 to 3 and again tonight from 6 to 8 at Wallace Funeral Home on Sunnyside Drive in Sussex.

How Young Is Too Young To Operate An A-T-V?

The Canadian Pediatric Society this week is recommending no one under the age of 16 should be operating an A-T-V. 

The New Brunswick All Terrain Vehicle Association maintains anyone under the age of 6 is too young. 

Association President Daniel Boucher tells CHSJ News there has been a huge change for the better in the province in the last few years with more of an emphasis on safety training. 

He argues more kids get injured playing hockey than they do on A-T-V's and a child hasn't died in the province on an A-T-V in the past six years.

Boucher adds the A-T-V Association recommends adults get safety training as well. The Association would also like to see speed limits on trails.


Ambulance Response Times In City Are Shorter

The new ambulance station on City Road has been up and running for a number of months now but the official opening has just taken place. 

The President and C-E-O of Ambulance NB Alan Stephen tells CHSJ News alot of thought went into choosing where the ambulances should be located to reduce response times and that has happened. Stephen says what that means is over a hundred people stand a better chance of surviving medical emergencies. 

Before it was built, the ambulance service was operating out of a hotel room across the street which Stephen concedes was inadequate.